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Old 02-21-2007, 09:54 PM
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short range varmit cartridge

This is just a thought and also to see if any one else has done it. Has any one heard of or seen a 6x221 fire ball or 25x221 fire ball. I know these are not going to be a long range cartridge but they seem almost perfect for a short range ground squirle cartridge. My ground squirling normally ranges from 5-150yrds with 300yard shots being far. I mainly use a 22-250 and a 22lr for ground squirle hunting. both have there advantages. 22 is cheap and dosen't seem to scare the squirles as much. Problem is that it has a limited range. the 22-250 is flat shooting but gets hot real quick when the squirles are out. The 22-250 also spooks the squirles more than the 22.


Hence the thought of the 25x221 or the 6x221.

This may also run acroos a close range chuck or two.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:38 PM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

Hey don't forget about the 22 hornet it may be old as the hills themselves but it is cheap to load and very fun to shoot. Or why not the 221 fireball or 17 mach 4.
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:55 AM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

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This is just a thought and also to see if any one else has done it. Has any one heard of or seen a 6x221 fire ball or 25x221 fire ball. I know these are not going to be a long range cartridge but they seem almost perfect for a short range ground squirle cartridge. My ground squirling normally ranges from 5-150yrds with 300yard shots being far. I mainly use a 22-250 and a 22lr for ground squirle hunting. both have there advantages. 22 is cheap and dosen't seem to scare the squirles as much. Problem is that it has a limited range. the 22-250 is flat shooting but gets hot real quick when the squirles are out. The 22-250 also spooks the squirles more than the 22.


Hence the thought of the 25x221 or the 6x221.

This may also run across a close range chuck or two.

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I wonder why you don't consider the straight .221 Fireball. It is fairly quiet, good to 300 yds, and available off the rack without the cost of custom dies.

Also... the new .17 Fireball (ballistically identical to the .17 Mach VI), is ideal for ground squirrels, with a 20 grain bullet at 4,000fps.

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Old 02-22-2007, 11:15 AM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

I've got a buddy that shoots a 6mm-223 and loves it , he shoots the 55gr Ballistic tip. It shoots the 55gr 6mm bullet that has a higer BC faster than the 22 cal 55gr pill with the lower bc so its actualy out shooting the 223 with the same weight bullet.
The report is reasonable , recoil is low accuracy is awsome and barrel life is very very good. I've seen him kill ground squirrels out to 400yds with consistancy.
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:15 AM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

I was looking for a cartidge with about the same requirements as i shoot a swift for anything beyond 200 yards. I settled on a 12" bull 22 k-hornet for my encore pistol. Might be getting a rifle in the same cartidge as well.
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:18 AM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

I sure like my .222. Its super accurate, mild report, and reasonably flat shooting to 300 yards would seem to make it a good choice for squirrels. I took the 40g VLC up to 3700fps with great accuracy. That would be dandy to 300 yards on squirrels IMO. If you miss, its your fault, not the cartridge, ha ha.

I also would think the 6mm-223 would be a dandy as well. Load it with a 55g NBT, should be a hoot to shoot! HOwever its a wildcat so building a rifle would be the only way to go.
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:43 AM
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Re: short range varmit cartridge

mostly the reason I was thinking of the 6x221 fire ball or the 25x221 fire ball is to have something different and to have something that I can put alot of bulluts down the barrel without it warming up much.
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